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Old Yesterday, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I can't remember the last time I looked at a dessert menu that didn't have some options that included fruit and fruit flavors in them.

Florals, yes, those are admittedly rarer/less popular in the US.
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Old Yesterday, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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I hate chocolate. YUCK! Desserts with rose or orange water are actually quite lovely.
As my dear old Dad used to say "It takes all kinds..."
Don't like chocolate!!!

And just when we've closed all the asylums...
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Old Yesterday, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Oh, good grief. Another idiotic assumption.

How many dozens and dozens of desserts are made with fruit, from strawberry shortcake to pineapple upside down cake?
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Old Yesterday, 10:45 PM
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Location: Wonderland
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There are many fruit pies and cobblers that are common in the US.

Also, sticky rice with mango is easy to find and it's usually good.

Strawberry shortcake, anyone?

Key Lime Pie?

Lemon sherbet?

Trifles?

Cheesecakes?

Sorbets?

Fruitcake?

Coconut macaroons?

Banana pudding?

Bananas Foster?

Ambrosia?

Apple crisp?

King cake?

Lemon squares?

Waldorf pudding?

Watergate Salad?

Too many types of pies to mention?
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Old Yesterday, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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Scones. Various fruit flavors.
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Old Yesterday, 11:31 PM
 
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Having perused scores of restaurant menus across North America and the world, and looking at the kind of recipes my friends share on social media, I notice that desserts in NA are primarily different permutations of the same ingredients: flour, sugar, butter, eggs, chocolate, peanut butter, oreos, nutella, and in the best case, vanilla, cinnamon or lemon/lime. Creme brulee is the highest of the high end dessert, whereas that stuff is considered pretty mundane in Europe. Fruity flavors, or anything with rose, violet or other floral tastes, are rare or nonexistent.

On the other hand, desserts across Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia all share one thing in common: a love of floral and fruity flavors.

I guess climate could be one explanation but it's a weak one. The Southern US grows far more varieties of fruits than the UK, but the UK is the one with the more elegant desserts (but still considered stodgy by continental European standards).

I'm fed up of looking at "Tasty" abominations with the same old boring ingredients! Shove the chocolate oreo cream pie and give me one with rose and mango instead.
Creme brulee is considered pretty mundane in many American cities as well. America is a big country with a lot of people who have drastically different tastes. You simply need to go to better places and/or those which suit your tastes better than the ones you have been to. Given your comments, it seems that your level of experience here is fairly narrow. Also, if you're simply looking online at menus for your evidence, that's a mistake as most restaurants worth a damn rarely maintain a constant dessert menu. They often change on a frequent basis and are left to the whim of the pātissier.

Here are two examples in the mid-west from a single restaurateur which pretty much blow your claim out of the water -- http://albatrosbrasserie.com/le-menu/les-desserts/
http://chinatocleveland.com/menu/dessert/dessert/

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Old Yesterday, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I really like rose-flavored Turkish delight and the fruity and floral blancmange flavors.
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Old Yesterday, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Hipsters seem to like floral flavorings. Lavender-infused shortbread, caramels, etc. got big a few years back with the "artisans desserts" crowd.
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Old Today, 12:09 AM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Who in their right mind would choose rose flavor over chocolate?

Somebody with a more refined and sophisticated palate.


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Old Today, 12:34 AM
 
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Fruit pies are popular in the US (peach, apple, key lime, blueberry, etc). What are you talking about?
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